Barb Miller - Functional Clay & Sculpture
I was born and raised in Albuquerque’s north valley and fell in love with clay while in high school.
Early on, I apprenticed to a potter who was educated at the Bauhaus in Germany. I learned the potter’s life from her, which means, I cleaned her studio, made the glazes and clay from scratch,and the fire kilns. In the afternoon, I could practice throwing pots on the potter's wheel.
Though the wheel was my first love, now, all my work is handbuilt. My functional work is made from mid-range stoneware, glazed white and decorated with stains and oxides before the last firing. Colors fuse into the glaze during the firing and are food safe.
My sculptural work is made with terra cotta clay.they are fired once, to a much lower temperature than the functional ware. I stain the pieces with ink or acrylic, and sometimes finish with a wax & resin mix.